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Hot Fitness Trends for 2015
By Amanda Budzowski

Amanda Budzowski Being fit never goes out of style, but that doesn't mean that fitness is unaffected by trends. Each season, new fitness ideas come into fashion while others fade in popularity. If you're looking for some interesting new ways to be active and stay fit in 2015, you will want to know what's trending in fitness for the coming year. Here's a sample of what's "new" in fitness that you can look for in the new year:

1. Body Weight Training: In fitness, as in fashion, sometimes an old style can look new and experience a resurgence in popularity. That's the case with body weight training, which includes such old standbys as push-ups, sit-ups, planks, squats and lunges. This type of training uses the body as the resistance and is the perfect storm for active individuals because it requires no equipment and can be done anywhere. Body weight training can provide a total body solution without spending big bucks at the gym or on equipment.

2. HITT (High Intensity Interval Training): This type of workout is increasing in popularity because it enables you to maximize your time in the gym through shorter, yet higher intensity workouts, which yield the same, if not better, results than longer sessions. Participants complete short bursts of high intensity exercise followed by a rest period. It's popular because with so many options, it's harder to get bored. Options include: body weight, rowing, running, biking, dumbbells, medicine balls, kettlebells and many more!

3. CrossFit: The "sport of fitness" is an increasingly popular strength and conditioning program with "boxes" (gyms) popping up everywhere. CrossFit workouts are called WODs (Workout of the Day). WODs target cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, power, speed, endurance, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy for a workout like no other. They are short, intense, and constantly changing. Workouts are scalable; you can increase the difficulty as you get stronger. WODs focus on improving your time or reps, so you are competing with yourself for a newer and stronger you.

4. Yoga: Yoga continues to be popular because of its great variety -- there are more than 100 types of yoga. Most classes also incorporate breathing exercises, meditation, and postures that stretch and flex various muscle groups and leave you feeling relaxed and stronger. Without a doubt, every form of yoga improves your health from head to toe and most gyms and private studios offer them. You can also get exercise DVDs and participate in online classes. Some popular forms of Yoga include Power Yoga, Yogalates, and Bikram Yoga (becoming extremely popular because of its hot and humid environments).

5. Functional Fitness Training: This involves motor skills such as balance, agility, and coordination. This kind of exercise can improve physical fitness and how you perform daily living activities. Activities include yoga, tai chi, or others that include balance, agility, and coordination. This is becoming increasingly popular with baby-boomers as they age into retirement and want to keep their activities of daily living as long as possible.

6. Kettlebell Training: This type of workout is becoming more and more popular because it only requires a small space and just one piece of equipment for a total body workout. Using a kettlebell, a person can focus on strength and cardio all in one class for convenience and improved results. Kettlebell training can burn up to 20 calories per minute, which can add up to one heck of a workout. Options include taking a class at a gym, or purchase a kettlebell and work out anytime at home. This high-intensity exercise routine will leave you feeling great and looking amazing.

Amanda Budzowski is an On-Site Health Coaching Manager for UPMC Health Plan and UPMC WorkPartners. For more information about these and other WorkPartners services, email info@workpartners.com or call 1-866-229-3507.

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